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It is no secret that prescription drugs, notably antidepressants, can make psychiatric patients worse, not better and even precipitate violence. SSRI antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil are so linked to violence, they were given the FDA's highest warning in 2004, a black box, for thei suicidal risks they can create in young adults.

 

According to published reports, the gunmen involved in the Columbine High School, Red Lake reservation, Northern Illinois University and Virginia Tech mass shootings were under the influence of psychiatric drugs or withdrawing from such drugs. At least 5,000 other news stories, including school shootings, link psychiatric drugs to violent crime on the web site SSRI Stories.

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Three men in their 70's and 80's attack their wives with hammers while under the influence of psychiatric drugs say news reports on the site. A 54-year-old respiratory patient with a breathing tube and an oxygen tank and no previous criminal record holds up a bank. An enraged man in Australia chases his mailman and threats to cut his throat . . . for bringing him junk mail. A 58-year-old Amarillo man with no criminal history tries to abduct three people and an Oklahoma woman accepts a cup of tea from an elderly nurse she's just met--and kills her.

 

"The kind of energy, rage and insanity seen in a lot of crimes today was not seen before SSRIs appeared,"   said Rosie Meysenburg, who co-founded SSRI Stories, in an interview shortly before her death this year.

 

Meysenburg is not the only one to observe the bizarre, unpredictable and inexplicable violence that has surfaced since the psychiatric drug craze began 25 years ago with Prozac. Did elderly people commit crimes so frequently in the past? Did people so frequently kill their families?

 

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During a few weeks in 2009, a Middletown, MD man was accused of killing his wife and three children, a Milton, MA man was accused of killing his two sisters at a birthday party, a Santa Clara man was accused of killing his two children and three other relatives, a Orting, WA man was accused of killing his five children, a Chicago man was accused of killing his girlfriend's sister, father and grandfather and an Alabama man was accused of killing his mother and grandparents. What?

 

And there's another indication that the high rates of suicide and violence are linked to prescription drugs--the high suicide rate in the military where antidepressants are widely given. In just one month, July of 2011, there were 32 suspected suicides, 21 among active duty troops and 10 among reservists. In one report, 36 percent of the troops who killed themselves had never even been deployed. That means combat stress and PTSD were not factors in the self-injurious behavior.

 

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)
 

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